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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

3/29/04 - Awards - Farewell

Adventure Caravans’ Twin Piggyback, February 19 to March 30, 2004

This is the last day of our Adventure into Mexico. For the last time, we hand over the editor’s desk to Larry and Diane. What better way to “go out”?

We are Larry and Diane, Wagonmasters for the eighteen rigs making up our caravan into Mexico. We have been full-time RVers for over seven years and are lifetime members of the Escapees RV Club and Newmar Kountry Klub. We have been leading and trailing RV tours for over five years. Our first two caravans were as Newmar Kountry Klub guests where we went on a 21-day tour of the Copper Canyon and a weeklong barge ride on the bayous and rivers around New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Besides Mexico, we have been wagonmasters on Newmar Kountry Klub Alaska RV tours.

We really enjoy caravanning (this was our eleventh, along with several Adventure Caravan reunion rallies). After the tours have been completed we end up with a lot of pictures of places we have been. But the best part is all the newfound friends we have made on each trip. Below is a summary of the places we visited on this most recent tour and some of the memories of our guests whom we will fondly remember for decades to come.

We rendezvoused in Presidio, Texas in mid February (it seems eons ago!). Many of us had quite a trip getting to our meeting point as Texas was experiencing snow and ice storms in the days prior to our beginning.

The most memorable travel-to-rendezvous story involved John and Charity Avera. They came through Houston where there was quite a bit of rain and ice. Charity was stepping out of her fifth-wheel trailer when she slipped and fell to the ground. Her fall resulted in a broken left arm, up near her shoulder. Her landing resulted in their receiving the “Broken-Wing”certificate at our farewell dinner.

Additionally, we had one couple on our tour that was supposed to attend an earlier version of the Twin Piggyback but were delayed due to a major motorhome tire blow out on their way to Presidio. Their tire failure occurred at 65 mph while passing an 18-wheeler on the interstate. With a lot of quick action and prayer, they were able to safely stop along the edge of the highway.

Jim and Sherryll Compton were presented the “Monaco Maintenance Magnet”certificate. But this incident was just in the middle of many problems for their trip. They had to have major work done on the transmission prior to leaving home. They had a tire leak air due to a loose valve core; their automatic, electric flush toilet quit; their CB radio was very weak at sending and receiving transmission; and their radiator sprung a leak, all during the tour.

Our first stop in Mexico was in Chihuahua, the capital city of the state of the same name. Our campground was located on the far side of this large city and just short of a Mexico fuel station (Pemex).

One of our couples must have enjoyed their first deep into Mexico travel experience so much they continued beyond our campground and saw the community beyond our stop. Their extended first day of our caravan into Mexico drive resulted in John and Melba Hinricks being presented the “Longest Day-One Distance Traveled”certificate.

An extremely interesting area of Mexico is populated primarily by Mennonites, who have been in the Cuauhtémoc, Mexico area for nearly one hundred years. While at their campground for a few nights we experienced an unusual snow and one of our couples locked their motorhome with the keys in it. Fortunately our Tailgunner had experience for this situation; they asked other owners with motorhomes of the same manufacturer to borrow their keys.

Sure enough, one of them fit and our couple again had access to their RV. Sam and Sandy Childs were presented the “How Did We Do It?” certificate.

We then traveled to La Junta, our loading point for the first Piggyback. Here we drove our RVs onto railroad flatcars to dry camp for five days and nights, ride 295 miles on the rails, and travel the rugged and spectacular Copper Canyon complex. The series of canyons is deeper and larger than the Grand Canyon of US acclaim.

One of our couples was traveling with a four-month old Great Dane “puppy” and had brought along a piece of Astroturf carpet. They nailed it to the wood floor of their rail car so Tex would not have to be lifted down to the ground during our five days on the train. Our first night of train travel found us in the town of Creel at about 7,500 feet elevation.

The next cool morning puppy Tex was missing his carpet. Bill and Nellie King were presented the “Lost Throne” certificate.

After completing our five days and nights, we drove our RVs off the train in Los Mochis and traveled to our first of two stops on Mexico’s West Coast Beaches. When we arrived we were treated to a Margarita and munchies party by one of our guest couples that were celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary after living together for 28 years.

For celebrating their February 29th anniversary with us Dan and Carolee Day were presented the “Delayed Cupid and Daisy Mae” certificate.

Our second west coast beach stop was in Mazatlan, “Land of the Deer.” Here we experienced bus tours of the city and country. On our country tour we saw brick, wood, and tile makers, bakers, and artisans. We had opportunities for county shopping, picture taking, and eating. In the city we saw the cliff divers, lighthouse, cathedral, market, and many high-rise hotels. While on an all-day outing at the El Cid Hotel beach, some of our guests experienced getting high during our all-inclusive day by taking a parasail ride over the ocean.

The most memorable was by our eldest gentleman of eighty-two years; for this Byron Walkley was presented the “Highest Elder” certificate of the caravan group. Ruth Carothers was likewise presented the “Gee, I Missed It”certificate.

We then transitioned from Mainland Mexico to the Baja for our second Piggyback via an overnight ferry-freighter crossing of the Sea of Cortez. Upon arrival at La Paz we unloaded and had our holograms removed from our vehicles. We then proceeded toward our first Baja stop; within a kilometer of our trip from the ship terminal, one of our Lazy Daze motorhomes had a mirror hit by a pickup truck coming from the opposite direction on a narrow road.

Bill Wethington and Sharon Wallace were presented the “Baja Smashed Mirror” certificate.

We had to travel through La Paz from the ferry terminal to reach our first Baja destination. Traveling through a city in convoy is difficult because of signal lights, stop signs, and traffic. Some of our guests missed the first left turn in the city and proceeded on their own. CB calls indicated a small group had found an alternate route to Highway 1.

Herm and Dorothy TerHorst led this group; the new route through La Paz is now fondly referred to as the “TerHorst Throughway.” For this Herm and Dorothy TerHorst were presented the “La Paz TerHorst Throughway" Certificate. The town fathers of Loreto also considered naming the town square after the TerHorstes but after seeing them several times around the blocks, they decided it would be too confusing to have streets in Loreto with the same name as a street in La Paz.

In Cabo San Lucas we cruised on a fantastic catamaran, observing pelicans, seal lions, whales, rock climbers, and the beauty of this cape. We stopped for some interesting snorkeling and fed the fish pieces of tortillas, which quickly brought the fish close for us to see through our masks. Connie stayed the longest in the water, really enjoying her tropical paradise. On the morning of our departure Gene nearly took a shortcut with his motorhome while exiting his RV site and almost drove off the ledge.

For this Gene and Connie Ross were presented the “Cape Divers Par Excellence” certificate.

We were treated to an extremely pleasant guide in La Paz for a tour of the city, Carlos Talamantez. He was very knowledgeable and interesting with his descriptions of the area. Later that evening we were led by one of our couples on a second guided tour of La Paz on our way to an evening meal.

For this Bob and Connie Sykes were presented a “Genuine La Paz City Tour Guide” certificate, better known as a “Wagonmaster Wanna-Be” certificate.

In Loreto we discovered an entertainer extraordinaire in our group. The ladies had an evening “in the RV park” with our newfound comedienne, June Calvert. We heard that Bill was sworn to secrecy from relaying the stories to the men.

Our comedic couple were presented a “Laugh-in”certificate at our farewell dinner.

Bahia Concepcion is a beautiful sandy beach stop, well suited for beachcombing and relaxation. When we had to cut our time short there by one night due to a scheduling error, one of our couples REALLY wanted another day and night on the beach.

Bill and Norma Emerick chose to stay at El Coyote beach while the remainder of the group proceeded a few more miles to arrive at our next destination a day ahead of schedule.

For this Bill and Norma were presented the “El Burro Beach”certificate. El Burro, a neighboring beach, seems somehow more fitting than El Coyote.

In Mulege we found a tropical oasis with several varieties of palm trees lining the banks of the Rio Mulege (Rio Santa Rosalia in other references) and the bougainvilleas were absolutely beautiful. But it was late in the winter season and the temperatures were climbing. Most of us were using our air conditioners, but one couple was toughing it out until an RV pulled in next to theirs, resulting in a loss of airflow; then they had to use their air conditioning.

Pat and Ann Goddard were presented the “I Can’t Breath” certificate.

On our way to Guerrero Negro, winter home of Alaskan Gray Whales, we had a very fun time watching from small boats. We got to travel some interesting “highways.” As we were approaching the town of Viscaino, we could hear over the CB from one of our group leaders, “Watch out for the deep pothole on the center line, I just hit it!”

Ken and Drena Prengel were presented the “Hole-in-One” certificate.

Even in Catavina we were able to communicate with home and loved ones, thanks to our fun loving couple with the automatic Internet satellite. Their hospitality allowing all to come into their home and use their computers to send and receive messages and pictures was greatly appreciated by all.

Paul and Kathleen Smith were presented the “Eye in the Sky” certificate.

Ensenada is a "non-border" town that many Americans visit to seek the adventure and charm of Mexico. Adventure and charm are two strong qualities of our most inspirational guest on the tour, Myrine McKinney. Her appreciation and love for our host people and country are admirable and enviable.

Myrine was presented the “Most Inspirational, Admired, and Charming Lady” certificate.

Our Tailgunner couple was Bruce and Yvonne Horton, outstanding Wagonmasters in their own right. They provided far more than repair advice and maintenance to make our tour a success. They are enviably extremely calm, thoughtful, competent, and personable. We drew upon them for advice and help on many situations. Thanks very much! from us, Larry and Diane. We wish Bruce and Yvonne every success with future tours and hope they are as lucky as we have been to draw such a great bunch of guests as we have had on our 2004 Twin Piggyback tour. We look forward to serving with them in any capacity during future Adventure Caravan tours and events.

With fond memories - enough to last a lifetime! Thanks to all!

Larry and Diane
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